Rabbi Abie Ingber founded of the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier University over 2 years ago to create and strengthen a sense of community among those of diverse faiths on the campus, in Cincinnati, and on the regional and national levels. The student-centered initiative allows for deepening of one’s own personal faith and enhances understanding of others’ traditions. Interfaith Community Engagement strives to be an example for collaborative efforts on campus and beyond, serving as a vehicle for the empowerment of the interfaith student community.
One of Ingber’s most enjoyable engagements has been Different Foods, Different Faiths, One Community. He invites ethnic restaurant owners to share their cultures, their faith and their cuisine with Xavier students to different cultures, backgrounds and foods to show that no matter where people come from, or what faith they practice, we are all very similar. The program is a collaboration of Xavier Dining Services, the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and Auxiliary Services. Previous meals have been provided by Dusmesh Indian Restaurant, Song Long Vietnamese Restaurant and Andy’s Mediterranean Grill. Xavier chefs learn how to prepare the dishes from the restaurant owners and together they prepare the dishes for the Xavier community. Ingber welcomes the students to the Hoff Marketplace and encourages them to try a new dish and learn about a new culture.
All DFDFOC events run from 4:30 - 8 pm in the Hoff Marketplace in the Cintas Center. This year’s lineup includes:
September 16, 2010
Thai cuisine as presented by Green Papaya at 2942 Wasson Road in Oakley. Sak Kertret & Sunee (Ta) Panichluechachai, owners, are husband & wife from Bangkok. Their menu includes noodles, fried rice, curries, stir-fries, fish and sushi.
October 21, 2010
Russian cuisine as presented by Red Square at 9104 Cox Rd. in West Chester. Chef Tsiala Yusupov is from Russia and serves authentic stuffed cabbage rolls, potato salad, arabat, gribnoy, and borscht.
January 27, 2011
Mexican cuisine as presented by Taqueria Mercado with 3 locations at 6507 Dixie Hwy. in Fairfield, 8th Street, downtown, and in Florence. The Leon family is from Guadalajara and serves tacos and carnitas.
February 24, 2011
German cuisine as presented by Christy’s & Lenhardt’s at 151 W. McMillan Ave. in Clifton Heights. This is a third generation German family-run restaurant. They serve pork schnitzel, Sauerbraten, and homemade sausage with sauerkraut.
March 24, 2011
Korean cuisine as presented by The Korea House at 11371 Montgomery Rd. in Montgomery. Shelly & Michael, husband and wife owners, serve a variety of stir-fried and meat dishes with homemade sauces.